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New Energy Showcase Area at Healthcare Estates Exhibition 2013

Following the announcement by IHEEM that the annual conference will be  organised by Step at this year’s Healthcare Estates, the organisers are busy organising a number of new initiatives for the principle event for healthcare professionals.

The Healthcare Estates, Annual IHEEM Conference and Exhibition takes place this year on the 8th & 9th October at Manchester Central. The foremost event of its type in the UK, Healthcare Estates provides an essential opportunity for delegates to receive quality CPD and hear from leading industry figures within a concentrated 2 day period.

IHEEM have issued a “Call for Papers” and welcomes submissions from healthcare estates professionals in all disciplines. This is your opportunity to be involved in shaping the conference.  (Details on this page)

Julian Amey, IHEEM’s Chief Executive, says ‘in response to feedback from delegates and speakers in 2012, we would like to receive proposals on engineering, estate management and relevant technical topics, as well as other issues that will affect key sectors in the healthcare estates supply chain. These will form the basis of some of the streams within the conference’.

This year the conference and exhibition content will include the following topics:

·         Engineering

·         Estate & Asset Management

·         Carbon Reduction & Energy Saving Measures

·         Financial Management

·         Backlog Maintenance

·         Architecture & Design

·         Infection Prevention

·         Renewable Technologies

·         Future Technical Advances

·         Succession Planning and Workforce Development

The organisers have also announced new areas in the exhibition, this month we focus on The Energy Showcase Theatre. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to go to a new dedicated area; The Energy Showcase Theatre and supporting Bite size Energy stands which will focus on saving costs and energy for Healthcare estates with presentations by leading organisations working with the NHS and private sector.

The organisers are working with the The Carbon and Energy Fund, a £300M+ fund that is the natural successor to the NHS Energy and Sustainability fund. The CEF exists to fund and support projects in the NHS that meet a certain level of carbon savings per £1000 of investment required.

Steve Webb, Director at Step said ‘NHS Trusts wishing to upgrade their energy facilities now have an additional source of funding through a DoH allocation of £50m. The CEF are making additional resources available for Trusts who wish to upgrade urgently using this form of funding, when it is released. Healthcare Estates will provide a great opportunity to update the audience on the 30+ projects currently in progress and future plans.

We are also working with key suppliers to this sector; we already have support from British Gas, GE Corporate, Spirax Sarco and Cynergin with more major organisations expected to confirm over the coming months’.

As we reported in the last issue of HEJ, Dr. Randall Bowen, Head of Energy Performance at British Gas says: ‘We recognise energy reduction and sustainability are becoming key areas of focus for health boards and trusts across the country. Working together, we can deliver guaranteed long-term energy savings, as well as permanent reductions in carbon emissions’.  British Gas looks forward to working with Healthcare Estates throughout 2013 to deliver benefits to the Healthcare sector.

Energy will also feature prominently in the main conference programme; such is the extent of the focus on savings to be made in healthcare. Webb commented, ‘we are putting together a top level group of estates and facilities directors to identify the most pressing issues in their daily work lives. Initial conversations indicate that Backlog Maintenance, Costs savings, especially in energy, an update on the new PropCo and transferring of the Primary Care Estates Trusts to NHS property Services on the 1st April, are all key issues for healthcare professionals and a programme focused on these and other issues is of great importance to delegates .

Webb said, ‘ The advisory group is formed of some of the key individuals involved with running healthcare trusts in the UK and will meet on to help shape this year’s conference, particularly for engineers and estate and facilities departments’. Webb said ‘I am really pleased with the level of interest from some great names who have immense knowledge of their own sectors. Already confirmed are: Darryn Kerr, Director of Estates & Facilities, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, John Allwork, Head of Estate Operations, Pennine Acute Hospitals, Mervyn Phipps, Head of Estates & Facilities Operations, Bill Millar, Interim Head of Capital and Projects (Facilities), United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, we are also hoping to add other names over the coming weeks.

Step, the organisers of the exhibition and conference expect to announce details of the conference in April. They are also keen to develop a theme for this year’s Healthcare Estates conference, and have announced a competition for readers of HEJ to come up with a topical theme for the conference. If you have a theme or an idea you would like us to consider email the organisers at healthcare@stepex.com

If your strapline or theme is chosen, the organisers will invite you to the exhibition and conference as a VIP guest including expenses, the prize includes  IHEEM annual dinner and 1 night’s accommodation. Entries should be sent to healthcare@stepex.com by the 22nd March.

IHEEM have also announced the ‘call for papers’ for the conference, again the deadline for submissions is the 22 March.

The exhibition will include over 20 hours of ‘free’ presentations in dedicated theatres, organised and presented by leading groups and partners working with the organisers, Step Exhibitions. This combined with the annual IHEEM two-day conference makes Healthcare Estates a compelling event to attend for the decision makers and influencers in the sector.


The number of companies booking space at Healthcare Estates continues to grow. In February another ten organisations confirmed their presence taking the total number of exhibitors now booked in to 60 companies.

The most recent companies to confirm their presence include: Altro, Pick Everard, Reliance Water Controls Ltd, Draeger Medical UK Limited, British Gas, IHEEM, Squiggle Glass Limited, GE Corporate, Clarke Energy, Aluline Group Limited, and Addmaster (UK) Ltd. For a full exhibitor list go to m

For more information on Healthcare Estates including rates for exhibiting and visiting details contact the team on the following:

To register for the Exhibition or Conference please contact Michelle Michelucci on:

Email: michellemichelucci@stepex.com

Phone: 01892 518877

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